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John Irving

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John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American-Canadian novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving's novels, including The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and A Widow for One Year (1998), have been bestsellers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Irving has received more than 1,796,019 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. John Irving is the 632nd most popular writer (up from 644th in 2019), the 690th most popular biography from United States (down from 683rd in 2019) and the 69th most popular American Writer.

John Irving is a novelist who is most famous for his novels "The World According to Garp" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany."

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  • 40

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  • 6.85

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  • 3.07

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Among writers, John Irving ranks 632 out of 5,755Before him are Hind bint Utbah, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Georg Büchner, Robert Ludlum, and Ivan Franko. After him are Edward Bernays, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Vasubandhu, Poliziano, Carlo Gozzi, and Geoffrey of Monmouth.

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Among people born in 1942, John Irving ranks 46Before him are Alassane Ouattara, Wen Jiabao, Giacinto Facchetti, Michael Crichton, Walter Hill, and Michael Bloomberg. After him are Frank Williams, Françoise Dorléac, Věra Čáslavská, Giacomo Agostini, Carlos Reutemann, and Tobin Bell.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Irving ranks 690 out of 18,182Before him are Michael Bloomberg (1942), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Robert Ludlum (1927), Carole Lombard (1908), Robert Altman (1925), and Bill de Blasio (1961). After him are Joe Louis (1914), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Chick Corea (1941), Donald Knuth (1938), Victor Fleming (1889), and Jamie Lee Curtis (1958).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Irving ranks 69Before him are Eugene O'Neill (1888), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Michael Crichton (1942), Anne Rice (1941), and Robert Ludlum (1927). After him are Thomas Harris (1940), Robert E. Howard (1906), William Saroyan (1908), Maya Angelou (1928), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), and Patricia Highsmith (1921).